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    Re: I have Vetiver fever !

    Those two are not like Encre Noir. Guerlain Vetiver I like but not the Hermes, but Encre Noir is unique and so it would b ehard to predict others to recommend based on that.

    My favourite vetiver...
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    Re: Molinard anybody ?

    I love this house. They have a unique way with floral notes that gives all their scents a weightless feel, and all their scents seem to floral notes in them. I suppose it's part of their signature...
  3. Re: Can I put a perfume (fluid) into a spray bottle?

    Sure you can, but each time you transfer perfume you run the risk of it being changed somehow: residue in the destination container, or evaporation due to air exposure are most common. Also the new...
  4. Re: A question for those like me who can't afford to buy niche perfumes.

    There are plenty of boutiques with their own scents that are not marketed, rarely discussed, and great value. Andy Tauer started out that way, for example, at a fraction of his current price. But...
  5. Thread: Detroit, MI

    by Louslice
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    Re: Detroit, MI

    I visited Sfumato in Detroit's midtown district recently.

    Midtown is a historic district with an amazing concentration of artistic and educational institutions and monumental architecture from the...
  6. Re: can someone please explain Habit Rouge to me?

    You don't have to like things because they internet tells you to. Even here on Basenotes 20% of the reviewers give it a thumbs down.

    It was an important perfume artistically and commercially when...
  7. Re: Best cheap lavender-dominated men's fragrances

    Grey Flannel by Geoffery Beene. It's not technically a lavender and it's not the most natural smelling scent, but it's a combination of dry florals that ends up feeling like lavender to me. Plus...
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    Re: Anyone use Aftershave AND Cologne?

    Aftershaves usually have a low concentration of scent so they don't last long, plus you use them on your face which is generally not where you use your perfume, so I don't see them colliding for more...
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    Re: Buying scents at Walmart

    You want to know a job worse than retail at Walmart? Retail at a "Mom and Pop" store.

    Zero benefits. No HR department to complain to if "Mom and Pop" are tyrants and take advantage of you. No...
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    Re: Became a laughing stock

    If you can't handle the questions, just keep them out of site in a drawer. They'll keep better in the dark, and you won't have to dust them, and there is no chance of a bottle falling off and...
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    Re: Inside the actual house of Serge Lutens...

    His perfumes display the same relentless pursuit of the perfection of beauty, as well as a fascination with orientalism. No wonder he wants to bottle the house up and keep it forever perfect, like a...
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    Re: What does "Sport" mean to you in a fragrance?

    "Sport" mostly means it is marketed to Americans.

    It is not a reference to any smell you might experience while playing sports, like leather, sweat, grass, or wood, but to the scented soaps and...
  13. Re: Need a sophisticated, elegant cologne for black tie events...

    Polo Double Black is good enough for any group of people, you don't need to upgrade it. You're not going to impress this "elite group of people" with one perfume rather than another, unless you are...
  14. Re: Seriously, why do Turn & Sanchez hate Creed so much?

    Don't pay too much attention to Turin's reviews. They have some entertainment value, but you can't take them too seriously.
  15. Re: The Decline and Fall of the French Fragrance Empire.

    The Niche fragrance industry is still largely part of the French fragrance industry. Most of them are located in France, most are French trained, many worked for the large fragrance companies or...
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    Re: book: Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster

    What nonsense from Luca Turin. He should stick to perfume. This is a load of snobbish remarks wrapped around a few dubious arguments and some weird conclusions. Too bad I read this, my opinion of...
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    Re: book: Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster

    This book is an interesting read for anyone interested in fashion or retail in general.

    In relation to fragrance, Dana Thomas shows a real lack of understanding. She sees fragrance as a simple...
  18. Re: how do i know if its a pure 100% essential oil? (Sandal wood)

    Pure sandalwood oil is very difficult to obtain, even for perfumers, and very expensive. Almost all of the sandalwood oil you see for sale is synthetic or derived from other sources. Start your...
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    Re: fragerences at costco~!

    Perfume is just another mass-marketed, mass-produced commodity, like anything else. Why shouldn't Costco sell it? Part of what makes Costco a fascinating place to shop is how they apply their...
  20. Re: IFRA restrictions - which has you most worried/stocking up?

    The old stuff will be gone, for sure. But there are so many wonderful new perfumes! Perfumers have more ingredients to work with now than they did 50 years ago, despite all the restrictions. The...
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    Re: Bvlgari Au The Rouge

    It's a great scent, the only tea scent I have in my wardrobe. I didn't think I would use it much, but it works really well in the summer when florals and green scents get washed out, and also I find...
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    Re: Lalique Encre Noir

    It is a great year-round intense vetiver scent.

    The bottle is great too, which you would expect considering Lalique's heritage. Even the spray mechanism is very good: easy to control and provides...
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    Re: Un Jardin Apres Le Mousson love/hate?

    They are too light and fruity for me to wear, but my wife has Sur le Nil and Apres le Mousson and she loves them both. Apres le Mousson does have more contrast to it, as well as that delightful...
  24. Re: Need a non-sweet flowery fragrance for a father.

    Geoffery Beene's Grey Flannel is a startlingly stark floral that is timeless, elegant, and masculine.
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    Re: Lonestar Memories

    It is an intensely masculine scent. The birch tar and smoke are not what most people expect in a perfume, and they might be turned off by it. It isn't one I wear every day, but it is a very...
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    Re: Any recommendations for male fragrances?

    That's a great scent, you should stick with it. Forget the marketing, scents don't have ages. 17 or 71, you can wear it.

    But teenagers are a little more sensitive to scents than older people,...
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    Re: A*MEN smells like cold chocolate milk?

    No wonder it is the #1 reviewed fragrance on basenotes.
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    Re: Should a Man Have an Arsenal?

    It is perfectly appropriate to own and use just one single perfume that you love. You'll smell great all the time, which is what we all want.

    But there would be no purpose being here on...
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    Re: On skin vs. clothing.

    Some perfumes stain your clothes, not permanently, but enough to make you change out of the clean white shirt you just put on, so you should test them out first. Many have dyes added to get just the...
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    Re: Another new poster in need of advice

    When I read your post I immediately thought you should try the L'Artisan Parfumeur line. They are beautiful, evocative scents, with many of the notes you already like, but they are also subtle and...
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    Re: Musk variations!

    Good question. Plus I wonder how many perfumers use real musk?
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    Re: What's Missing in my wardrobe?

    Seems like you have a lifetime supply of perfumes. I can't see what all the bottles are and you didn't list the names, but I don't see a tea scent (surprisingly useful at times) or a true tobacco...
  33. Re: CONFUSED! - 21 - Italy - club - pub - fragrance?

    Don't try to fit in with Italians, that is a very difficult task. Italians can be a very stylish bunch, so if you want to impress them you should try to develop your own sense of style. Pick a...
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    Re: A little guidance?

    You can find Guerlain Vetiver at the discount perfume stores at reasonable prices, so it shouldn't break the bank. I bought mine at Perfumania for $5 from a sales shelf. You'll have to pay more...
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    Re: Incense fragances recomendations must try

    These are my favourites where the incense dominates:

    Tauer Incense Rose
    Tauer Incense Extreme
    Etro Messe et Minuit
    Artisan Parfumeur Passage d'Enfer
    Lorenzo Villoresi Incensi
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    Re: Villoresi Uomo

    I just checked out the reviews: 11 positive, one neutral, no negative. Sounds like a real crowd pleaser! But I still stand by my statement that you should try it first. Even the most universally...
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    Re: Villoresi Uomo

    There are really no safe blind buys. Just take a look at the reviews: one person loves it, the next hates it. Sometimes a reviewer hates it, then years later changes their mind and says how much...
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    Re: What makes a seasonal scent?

    Choosing scents for the season is based on two things: marketing, memories, and the natural scents of the season.

    Marketing
    Many scents are marketed as being fresh or light, or with summery...
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    Re: Should you age out of certain scents?

    As you get older, your nose develops and your body chemistry changes, so something that works on a 16 year old might not work on a 32 year old. In the same way, your taste in music, food, and drink...
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    Re: A bodyworkers Fragrance?

    I say use anything you want, but apply very, very lightly, so you have just a hint of a scent. That way you will be unlikely to offend that small but vocal group of perfume haters, but you still get...
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    Re: Just Starting Out - Did I get Scammed?

    If you think it smells great, then don't worry about it. You like it, that is all that matters. It was worth $27 to you, so relax and be happy.

    But you've learned a lesson here, I think: buy...
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    Re: Is Himalaya worth it?

    If you went through a sample and are still not sure, it isn't for you. You had a fair chance to test it, and if you are still ambivalent, you should forget it and look for something that you love. ...
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    Re: Clive Christian's no.1 - $865 for 10ml

    For certain goods, especially perceived status goods, people will pay what they want to pay. That is why there are plastic wallets for $1 and Hermes Alligator ones for $8000. Walmart jeans for $10...
  44. Re: Rank top 5-10 houses by Ingredient quality...

    When French flower production started shifting to Turkey and Egypt, Chanel actually bought their supplier farms in Grasse so they could keep the same origin of ingredients in #5 forever. That shows...
  45. Re: Dec '07 Details magazine - The Ultimate Guide to Buying Cologne

    Well, I think you partly got him back by having the entire article appear in your website, presumably without permission. Usually that is a copyright violation.
  46. Re: Cool dudes: Vetiver is a sedative, research shows

    Vetiver is a sedative? That explains why I am so tired of it!
  47. Re: Dark, woody, spice, aromatic, rich, boozy, deep, wearable

    The 70's classic Azzaro pour Homme would fit your description, except for the "boozy". Actually I don't know what you mean by that. Can you give me an example of something boozy? Different drinks...
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    Re: To buy Chene or not to buy Chene?

    If you love woods, as I do, then Chene is a dream scent. If you do not love woods, especially oak, I would pass on it. It isn't a one-dimensional scent, but it is an exploration of a theme, and...
  49. Re: Parfum des Merveilles - another JC Ellena masterpiece

    Funny they would market this heady, powerful gem as a ladies scent, while the far lighter and more delicate Un Jardin sur le Nile and Un Jardin Meditteranee as unisex. Surely Elixir des Merveilles...
  50. Re: The smell of a Christmas tree = Fou d'Absinthe by L'Artisan

    I thought it was very green herbal - absinthe if you will - but didn't get the pine. I'll try it again.
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    Re: fresh, flowery, long lasting male fragrance

    Beene's Grey Flannel. Blasts and blasts of unrelenting lavender and violet.
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    Re: Special date need a special cologne

    Depends - are you going casual or dressy? And what kind of restaurant are you going to?
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    Re: WHich one is your favourite bottle?

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    Lalique Encre Noir: the handsome bottle somehow describes and complements the perfume exactly, and the spray nozzle is both accurate and precise. I suppose you would expect a crystal company...
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    Re: Scents that don't make sense

    How do you describe the smell of chemicals anyway? It is all made up, you might as well invoke colourful imaginary, because if you just listed off a hundred chemical and natural ingredients it...
  55. Thread: Grapefruit?

    by Louslice
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    Re: Grapefruit?

    YSL Live Jazz.
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    Re: Are prices of niche getting out of hand?

    Some people want to pay more for niche scents. It makes them feel more special.
  57. Thread: Spyware?

    by Louslice
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    Re: Spyware?

    I am getting the same warnings. There must be some scripts running that are causing it, probably trying to collect statistics. The site admin should remove it.

    PC-cillin is excellent software.
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